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Grahamstown Festival Update 2011 - from EC Talent

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A spirit of artistic innovation with a range of national, continental and world premieres in theatre, dance, music and visual art will be celebrated at this year’s National Arts Festival, running from 30 June – 10 July in Grahamstown.
The Grahamstown Festival DANCE Stage
The main programme DANCE stage welcomes Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Mamela Nyamza with Isingqala and amaFongkong. This double-bill features a solo work by Nyamza and a collaborative production with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company from Ethiopia. In creating Amafongkong, Mamela says that her intention was to hold an open space to explore the notion of ‘collaboration’ in all its complexities, to see how and where similar and different bodies could meet in movement. The project collaboration between Nyamza and the Ethiopian-based Adugna Dance Theatre is supported by Art Moves Africa.
Grahamstown Festival THEATRE Stage
Headlining the main THEATRE menu is Standard Bank Young Artists Ward winner for Drama, Neil Coppen, with his latest play Abnormal Loads. It is set in a fictional battle-field town known as Bashford, nestled in the once war ravaged valleys of Northern KwaZulu-Natal. With a narrative that whisks audiences through two centuries of South African history, Abnormal loads presents a theatrical universe where the past runs in tandem with the present and events shift seamlessly from the grandeur of a battle-field in 1879 to the intimacy of the bedroom in 2011. Movement, sound, music, multi-media and shadows combine to create breathtakingly original theatrical experience.
Grahamstown Festival PUBLIC ART
The streets of Grahamstown will again come alive with spectacular PUBLIC ART performances and exhibitions in public spaces. Following the success of the 2010 Festival, this year’s Festival will once again open and close with Move Your Mind, a street parade featuring a spectacle of enthusiastic giant puppets, the Phezulu Stilt walkers, the drumbeats of the Sakhaluntu dancers and drummers and physically trained and acrobatic artists from the Oddbody Collective. Members of the public are invited to join in with enthusiasm and a keen sense of frivolity as the throng of giant puppets, stilt-walkers, street acrobats and youth theatre projects parade down the streets of Grahamstown.
Grahamstown Festival EASTERN CAPE showcase
The EASTERN CAPE SHOWCASE is a dynamic revitalisation of which positions the East Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture not only as a major sponsor of the Festival but also as the most important play in the preservation and promotion of arts and culture in the province. The provincial showcase will feature theatre, indigenous music and dance, exhibitions, a youth film projects and performances by independent theatre companies who are contributed to growing an arts economy in the province.
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Grahamstown Festival VISUAL ARTS Stage
On the VISUAL ARTS front Young Artist Award winner Nandipha Mntambo will be presenting her exhibition Faena which is the most beautiful and skilful section of a bullfight. It refers to a dance with death, where the matador must prove his courage and artistry. In this work, Mntambo presents an extension of her interest in the sport of bullfighting. Using the media of painting, drawing, video and sculpture, she creates an experience/encounter that interrogates the viewer’s sense of sight, hearing, smell and touch.


Fantast!c National Arts Festival FRINGE 2011:
More than 350 productions, exhibitions and concerts will again provide a platform to showcase the esoteric and eccentric work of emerging and established artists from around South Africa, Africa and the world on the 2011 National Arts Festival Fringe, from 30 June to 10 July in Grahamstown.


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Bulelwa graduated in fashion and design at Nelson Mandela Metro University (NMMU), and is currently working on her BTech degree. In the future, she would like to explore the world of fashion editing, and become more involved in the business side of fashion.
Fundiswa Sylvia Tshazibana - Poet
FundiswaFundiswa Sylvia Tshazibana is the author of “Intanyongo,” a collection of poetry - which was co-authored by her daughter, Neliswa Tshazibana her daughter and Daniel. Z. Hermans, a local poet. It was published in June 2010 and was officially launched in July 2010 during the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. She has also written a collection of short stories called "Amabali Amnandi" and a book entitled "Ukhanyo", meaning "light" in isiXhosa.
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Nombulelo Peter - Designer
Nombulelo Peter
Dynamic young fashion designer, Nombulelo Peter was born in Port Elizabeth and matriculated at Linkside High School. Throughout her school career, she enjoyed making her own clothing and following the fashion trends. After realizing that she had a passion and flair for fashion design, Nombulelo attended Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and completed her fashion diploma.
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Noluvo Duna - Gospel Singer
According to Noluvo, “Music is a calling, and God is looking for true sons and daughters who, with their voices, will praise and worship until the heavens are open. Their gift will help make homes a better place to be, restore families and heal our land.”
She acknowledges the supporters and fans from her past, and promises to bring them some fresh new music. “Enkosi ngegalelo nenkxaso yenu! From the days of the Themb’ uJesu album to the Ebenezer album, be blessed!”
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Sivuyile “Vovee” Batala - Gospel Singer
Singer, songwriter, pianist and dedicated man of God, Sivuyile “Vovee” Batala has made a name for himself in the South African gospel industry, working with top producers and artists since the age of 19. Vovee has worked together with a wide range of South African gospel artists as well as Mbongeni Ngema and Rebecca Malope.

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